hmv has announced its return to Ireland’s high streets with the officially opening of its new Dublin flagship store in mid-July this year. The new store will mark the opening of its first flagship outside the UK under its new owners and will take up the 18 Henry Street address.
The store is expected to stock a huge range of vinyl albums, CDs, music technology and pop-culture merchandise and will also be used for music experiences and other events.
The 6,000 square foot space, let from Irish Life, will play host to three floors of pop culture merchandise and will also offer performance spaces; hosting shows and signings from some of the country’s biggest artists, alongside touring artists and bands.
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The announcement of a return to Dublin represents the latest sign of a dramatic turnaround of the hmv business under Canadian owner Doug Putman, who first took the reins in 2019. Under his tenure, the business has evolved its concept to centre on a fan and community-orientated offer. Under its previous owners hmv was forced to finally shutter its last Irish stores in 2016.
Doug Putman said: “Our return to Ireland marks the culmination of the team’s hard work having established a new hmv shopping experience across the UK. We are now in a position to expand that concept into Europe.
“While fans will be able to get their hands on the latest and limited release vinyl and the hottest audio technology, truly indulging their love of music, they will also be able to express their passion for pop culture with ranges that can’t be found anywhere else in Dublin under one roof.
“We want Henry Street to become a home for a new community of fans to come together. What’s more, we hope that once we’ve got our feet back under the table in Ireland, further hmv shop openings will follow.”
hmv Dublin will offer fans a choice of over 15,000 different products and will include over 5,000 different vinyl albums and 5,500 different CDs. The shop will also stock over 3,000 pop culture products and 1,000 different t-shirt designs.
It’s also set to stage performances from up-and-coming acts through the hmv Live&Local programme which has been established to showcase local acts and give a platform for fresh talent.